Seed Starters

It’s that time of year again – time to start what seeds you can indoors.  I actually started my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil and fennel 2 weekends ago, which have already sprouted. And I started my melons and squash this past weekend. Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet, you still have time. Although, the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having is making me feel like I’m behind the planting schedule.

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I found a really great way to recycle old newspapers into seed pots. The best part about these pots is that they are free and biodegradable, so there are no plastic pots to throw away. When you’re ready to put your plants in the garden, simply open the bottom of the pot and put the entire plant, newspaper and all, into the hole. Be sure to bury all the newspaper with dirt when you plant them.

I found 2 different tutorials for making pots and I’ve linked to them so you can try them yourself. One used origami to make square pots. (Below are our finished tray of origami pots.)

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The other simply rolled the sheets of paper around a tin can. (Below are our finished round paper pots.)

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I tried both methods and I liked the origami method better. They seemed sturdier and were easier to fill and fit into the tray. Plus the origami pots were more fun to make. The kids had fun helping with the origami pots too, but my kids love anything to do with origami. They are obsessed.

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Cecil, our cat, even joined in the fun. Although, he was more interested in eating the paper.

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Another great seed starting tip – water your new pots with a spray bottle. It will keep them moist but won’t disturb the seeds or damage the little seedlings when they start to poke through.

Have you started your seeds? What do you plan on growing this year?

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3 thoughts on “Seed Starters

  1. All the normal things.
    Tomato’s, pepper, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, okra, radishes, onions, garlic, lettuce, cantaloupe, maybe a few rows of sweet corn as well.

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